Ex-Oldknow Academy head found guilty of trying to Islamise education

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that the former acting principal of  local a Trojan Horse-linked Birmingham school has been found guilty of trying to Islamise pupils’ education. 

A panel found Jahangir Akbar, previously acting head of Oldknow Academy in Small Heath , guilty of professional misconduct and bringing the teaching profession into disrepute. 

Mr Akbar could now face a lifetime ban from the classroom following the outcome of the disciplinary hearing held by the government’s National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL)…

Mr Akbar faced a number of allegations which have been upheld, including agreeing with others to the inclusion of an undue amount of religious influence on pupils’ education.

The panel ruled that he “decreased the diversity” of religious education and banned the celebration of non-Muslim faiths including Christmas and Diwali.

Meanwhile, he allowed pupils to go on a 10-day pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and spent two days celebrating Eid.

The panel ruled he also “reacted inappropriately” after a father complained his child was being bullied following a newspaper article in which he spoke out about his concerns that the school was becoming increasingly Islamic.

It was alleged Mr Akbar responded “good” when he heard the child was being bullied and suggested the family be reported to social services.

He was cleared of several allegations, including banning sex education, art and music from the curriculum.

John Pemberton, panel chairman, criticised Mr Akbar over the way he conducted himself while giving evidence during the eight-day hearing…

More at: Ex-Oldknow Academy head Jahangir Akbar found GUILTY of trying to Islamise education


See also: Trojan Horse-linked school’s ex-teacher wins fight for fresh disciplinary hearing

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